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Here goes another move from Lance Armstrong as the disgraced cycling God is on his way towards the “reconciliation tour” following his drug scandals- The Texan based rider met up with Christophe Bassons recently to seek apology for his key role that saw the French rider off Tour France 1999.
According to many, Armstrong’s reconciliation tour is based on his motive to lessen the life ban imposed on the cyclist on the ground of doping charges. Following the drug scandal, Armstrong was ripped off his 7 Tour France titles & was handed with life ban for being into serial drug-taking.
Bassons was honored with the nickname of “Mr. Clean” across the pro peloton since the upright French rider strongly denied use of banned performance-enhancement drugs alongside Festina fellow riders in the very controversial 1998 edition of Tour France.
The 39-year-old rider gathered further disrepute during the next Tour when the cyclist was all open about his shocking realization in Le Parisien regarding Armstrong’s feat at the illustrious race.
Armstrong reacted to Bassons’ column bitterly & the peloton accused him on breaking down “omerta”- unwritten decorum of silence. The Francaise rider’s career came to a disappointing halt by Lance bullying strategies post his withdrawal from the esteemed race prior to retirement from pro cycling in the year 2001.
In spite of being down with depression given untimely retirement, Bassons, however, declined to admonish Armstrong remarking: Just the way he is a fake, he has already suffered big from the system & within that very system he has come up with his system. I could not hang up when he called- then why not a meet up?”
Armstrong had a face-to-face meeting with the French rider last weekend in Paris where he apologized to Bassons.
“The most significant is to apologize to you”, Armstrong was heard telling to Bassons last Friday.
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